Helen Frankenthaler Foundation

FAQ - Foundation

What is the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation?


The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc., is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, formed by the artist in 1984 to promote and encourage knowledge and appreciation of art. It became active in 2013, on the closure of Frankenthaler’s estate, and pursues the Foundation’s educational and philanthropic mission.

Does the Foundation have a collection of Helen Frankenthaler’s work?


The Foundation holds a comprehensive selection of Frankenthaler’s work in a variety of mediums, including paintings, works on paper, prints, sculpture, ceramics, set designs, and other items spanning six decades.

Is there a catalogue raisonné of Frankenthaler’s work?


In the spring of 2017, the Foundation will launch a long-term project to produce a catalogue raisonné, which it intends to publish in both print and online editions. This will comprise Frankenthaler’s paintings, works on paper, and works in mediums other than prints.


A catalogue raisonné of the artist’s prints, Frankenthaler: A Catalogue Raisonné, Prints 1961–1994, by Suzanne Boorsch and Pegram Harrison, was published in 1996 by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York. An addendum covering Frankenthaler’s work in prints from 1994 onward is planned as a future project.


Periodic updates will be posted on the catalogue raisonné page of this website as new information about the project becomes available.

Does the Foundation authenticate works of art?


The Foundation does not authenticate or attribute works of art. For information about authentication, please contact the International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR):

IFAR Authentication Research Service

500 Fifth Avenue, Suite 935

New York, NY 10110
T: 212-391-6234

How do I obtain permission to reproduce a photograph or an image of an artwork?


For reproduction of works by Helen Frankenthaler, please contact Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, at info@arsny.com.

Artists Rights Society
536 Broadway, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10012
T: 212-420-9160

Are the Foundation’s archives accessible for research?


In 2015 the Foundation established the Helen Frankenthaler Archives to catalog and maintain materials from the artist’s estate, including original papers and materials pertaining to the artist’s life and work. These are presently being processed and are not yet accessible for scholarly research. However, the Foundation may, at its discretion, be able to respond to questions or make selected materials available to scholars, curators, and researchers. Inquiries can be sent to archives@frankenthalerfoundation.org

Does the Foundation make grants?

The Foundation, which makes occasional grants on a discretionary basis, is presently establishing guidelines for a grants program. It does not accept unsolicited grant requests.


For further information, please contact the Foundation at info@frankenthalerfoundation.org.